2012 Italian Grand Prix result

2012 Italian Grand Prix

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53
2 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 53 4.356 4.356
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 20.594 16.238
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 29.667 9.073
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 53 30.881 1.214
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 53 31.259 0.378
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 33.550 2.291
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 53 41.057 7.507
9 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 53 43.898 2.841
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 53 48.144 4.246
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 53 48.682 0.538
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 50.316 1.634
13 10 Jerome D’Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 53 75.861 25.545
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 52 1 lap 1 lap
15 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 52 1 lap 0.199
16 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 52 1 lap 10.921
17 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 52 1 lap 27.393
18 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 52 1 lap 12.032
19 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 52 1 lap 14.868
20 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 51 2 laps 1 lap
21 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 50 3 laps 1 lap
22 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 47 6 laps 3 laps
Not classified
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 32 21 laps 15 laps Fuel system
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8 45 laps 24 laps Accident

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32 comments on 2012 Italian Grand Prix result

  1. Fritz Oosthuizen (@) said on 9th September 2012, 14:33

    Perez is knocking the door down for a seat at Ferrari. Massa helped Alonso in the championship for a change.

    • JB (@) said on 9th September 2012, 15:01

      True but he still needs to mature a bit more… I would hire him immediatley but Massa showed today that he still has it… He delivered an excellent performance today and I agree… He finally helped Alonso for a change!!!

  2. Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th September 2012, 14:47

    Perez! Unbelievable. Medium never looks good this weekend but Perez, somehow, made amazing lap times again and again! I don’t know how’s this possible. Massa helped Alonso but I expected it and it’s not much sensational as 2010 Germany.

    • OOliver said on 10th September 2012, 7:39

      Compare the times to qualifying first.
      By race day the track was in better condition.
      He used the mediums on a lighter fuel load.

  3. Who said Perez isn’t good enough for a seat at the Scuderia? I’m sure Montezemolo will reconsider his statements after this race. Brilliant drive, spot on strategy and a Sauber team getting well deserved payment after the whole Belgium disaster.

    Good pace from Hamilton and a well constructed win. It was always gonna be him or Alonso. Ferrari did a decent job as well with keeping Fernando’s lead intact and regaining 3rd in the WCC from Lotus. Well done for Mercedes as well. I was expecting them to fall further behind with their 2 stopper strategy but I guess 6th and 7th is finally a decent result in that car. Well done Massa for finally getting on the right track. 4th and 5th for the remainder of the season and he just might keep his seat for another year.

    Massive disappointments: Webber going from bad to worse in that car as the season progresses, or should I say as his new contract progresses; Senna – for providing a couple of silly-moments early in the race and only getting a point due to Ricciardo’s sudden fallback in the last lap, D’Ambrosio, who in my opinion was a lot slower than expected – if it weren’t for the retirements he would have finished 18th, mearly at the Caterham borderline.

    Also, is it just me or is Maldonado trying to straighten up his game and thus, is becoming slower?

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th September 2012, 14:58

      Montezemolo might start to think he’s too fast for Alonso.

      Anyway, Great bounce back from the Miserable 4 of Spa. Oops, except Grosjean.

    • Nirupam (@nirupam) said on 9th September 2012, 15:01

      Given the starting place of Maldonado, I would not consider him “slower” today

      • Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th September 2012, 15:06

        I agree. He did second best job of the year, only Spain is better than this. Fast, no mistake, no crash. Just too far behind to score a couple of points.

        • Nirupam (@nirupam) said on 9th September 2012, 15:32

          Also the fact that MAL finished within some tenths of Senna (who started 9 places ahead in the grid) underlines the fact that probably Senna does not deserve that seat at Williams. May be we could see some change in the Williams driver line up next season?

          • I’d say for sure. There’s no reason at Williams not to replace Senna with Bottas except for the fact that Senna brings in more money than the finn.

            Senna’s pace was a little bit better than Maldonado’s today, though. At least in the first part of the race.

          • lubhz (@lubhz) said on 10th September 2012, 3:13

            Let’s not forget that SEN was pushed off the track by DIR, loosing several seconds and a place to WEB.

          • OOliver said on 10th September 2012, 7:42

            Sometimes a better starting position can actually be worse off than starting further back. Senna was fighting for position with other cars, hence lap times suffered.

      • I’m pretty sure I saw Hulkenberg, who started two spots behind, running in front of him at some early point in the race. And he was definitely slower than Senna.

        Nothing against him. He drove a decent race and compared to his last Z outings on the track, finally not crashing into anyone on a rather incident prone track is quite an achievement. Just a thought crossing my mind, that’s all. :)

  4. duncanmonza (@duncanmonza) said on 9th September 2012, 14:57

    Ricciardo was 10th until the last lap, he lost 5 seconds in the last sector. What the hell happened there?

  5. I’m surprised more teams lower down the grid didn’t go for hards first, it was clearly the fastest strategy if you are not stuck in traffic for too long and can make the tyres last deep into the race.
    What happened to Ricciardo on the last lap?

  6. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 9th September 2012, 15:03

    To tell the truth, Sauber deserves more credit than Perez.For their spot-on strategy and their extremely tyre-conservative car!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th September 2012, 15:11

      @carbon_fibre Kobayashi was almost 40s behind, you can’t take credit away from Perez. He made some terrific passes.

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 9th September 2012, 15:29

        Completely agree.. it looked like Kobayashi was driving a different car. Sergio on the other hand was increadibly quick through the race, overtook with much more confidence and mastered Paarabolica this weekend.

        As an Alonso fan I was not happy about him losing that P2, but nonetehless, great job by Sergio

        • JB (@) said on 9th September 2012, 15:40

          As an Alonso fan I was not happy about him losing that P2,

          Neither was I but Alonso is like Prost in a way… there was no way he would have held Perez back since Perez had fresh rubber and he just let him go without a fight… that way, he still hauls in good points for the WDC and gets a podium finish!

      • Kamuito said on 9th September 2012, 16:04

        Kobayashi had to start using medium compound…Saubers should never qualify for Q3

    • Toxic (@toxic) said on 9th September 2012, 15:49

      Actually I think they could do better. He was still flying at the last couple of laps. If not the extended first stint they could have even bigger chance for fighting Hamilton.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th September 2012, 15:09

    Sauber!! Well done to them and especially Perez for doing such a good job on those medium tyres.

    You’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at speed trap data when looking at where RBR finished today. Shocker for them. I imagine they will bounce back at Singapore.

    Decent haul of points from Mercedes too, would have expected better from them given their usual good straight-line speed but they didn’t do too well with the tyres.

    Honourable mention to D’Ambrosio too. Bust KERS yet still finished above where he qualified. I think points would have been an unrealistic stretch for him. Well done to him.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th September 2012, 15:14

      Surely track characteristics and tyre allocation of Singapore would be good for Red Bull. but will it be good as or better than Mclaren? We will see. I expect better performance from Mercedes there. Apart from it, I don’t know…

  8. sumedh said on 9th September 2012, 15:17

    After seeing the replays, I have to agree with the Vettel penalty. Alonso was alongside Vettel. Vettel should have given him room.

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 9th September 2012, 15:34

      I thought it was a little harsh. Vettel did hog too much of the track, but I do not think it was intentional to put Alonso on the grass, but more to do with poor visibility in his rear view mirrors around that corner.

      It was really similar to the amount of space Alonso left him last year around the same corner… maybe Vettel was slightly more aggressive in defending… but it’s a really fine line.

      • JB (@) said on 9th September 2012, 15:43

        @todfod

        but more to do with poor visibility in his rear view mirrors around that corner.

        Nonsense…. Alonso gave him just enough room last year and that is why Vettel passed.. I guess Vettel didnĀ“t like the fact that he was gonna get it back in the same manner and in the same corner as he dished it out las year, hence the opening on exit!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th September 2012, 17:16

      @todfod There’s been a lot of comments about this so I’ve set up a poll:

      Did Vettel deserve penalty for Alonso move at Curva Grande?

  9. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 9th September 2012, 15:52

    I suppose some peoples problem with the penalty was the fact it was very similar to last years incident, but you have to remember its a new rule that has been incorporated since then, and therefore you cannot say ‘Well alonso got away with it last year’

    I was surprised Webber didnt try what Perez did, and if I was Ferrari I would have put Alonso out on hards in Q3 once I knew about the problem

  10. The championship has just swung back in Alonso’s favour. What will happen now I don’t know, but Alonso will surely win the championship now.

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